Hitler comparisons are the last refuge of the inane and
poorly informed. Unless they are more broadly applicable, Saddam Hussein was Hitlerian, a tribalist intent on destroying other ethnic and religious groups in Iraq, an expansionist driven by egomania. That's a comparison with which I won't quibble.
How many people did Roosevelt deliberately slaughter in order to "steal" that gold given your comparison?
But your argument isn't about stealing gold, your argument is about stealing the right to mine for gold. That isn't the same thing, and had a far different genesis. Roosevelt was getting gold from the Brits and the French and the Belgians in exchange for armaments. both France and Belgium ordered American warplanes, the Martin Baltimore and Maryland, and the Curtiss 75 Hawk for example. Hawks were flown against German aircraft before the Armistice in 1940.
America wiped out the British gold reserves during "Cash and Carry", then the stripped British companies of all their assets accessible to American interests to pay for arguments, it was only after Britain was broke, skint, utterly bereft, that Lend Lease could be tolerable to the American People. And Britain acquiesced in order to survive.
The government didn't need people to mine for gold for private interests, it needed workers in factories and armaments and in the Army for the National interest, which is where those gold miners went. Wartime has demands that overtake the Private Sector's personal wishes and preferences. The US was battling for its own survival even in March of 1941, 9 months before Pearl Harbour. Try imagining a world split between Japan, Nazi Europe, and the United States. It would have been worse than the Cold War. It could have happened if Japan hadn't attacked the US on Dec. 7th. It could have partially happened if Hitler hadn't declared war on the US a week later. It is not at all certain that the US would have gone into WW2 in Europe without that declaration by Germany. It certainly would have damaged Roosevelt's reputation far more than all the triviality being tossed around here.
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